Usually teams enjoy a warm weather break to recuperate from the tough winter period, much like West Ham, who spent the last week in Dubai. While going through some light training, the activities act as a team bonding exercise, although there have been mixed responses by teams when returning to competitive action. There is always the chance that a team can lose its edge if allowed to relax too much, but the Saints took part in a number of activities to keep the competition levels high.
Ice hockey and Nordic skiing were attempted, and the former sport especially is well known for its requirements as a team player. There is no doubt that the Saints need something to rejuvenate them after a poor run of form that has seen them drop out of the top four - they have lost four of their last seven games - but Davis has admitted that the health benefits were just as important to Southampton chiefs when choosing the country.
Speaking to the official Saints website, Davis said: “The coach’s idea was that the air is good and it helps recovery. Lying on a sunbed maybe isn’t the right thing to be doing at this time of the season. They’ve obviously got experience of that.
“It was something new for an English player. It’s not something I’ve done before but we very much enjoyed it.”
Davis did admit that the team building qualities on display were an added bonus, claiming that the trip could be the perfect thing to see Southampton return to form for their final 10 games of the season.
“It’s not a magic potion,” he added. “But we’d just like to think it has improved on what we have at the club and that’s the spirit. We’ve stayed at a lovely place, done lots of activities and it might be those small details that get us to where we want to be.
“The most important thing is that we’re all together enjoying each other’s company. Whatever that extra percent is to get us where we want to get to might come from the trip.”